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Little addresses team after bye week

Posted Nov 15, 2012

Browns wide receiver Greg Little took an opportunity to address the team when the players returned from their annual bye week on Monday.

When coach Pat Shurmur and middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson spoke to the Cleveland Browns’ players before the bye week, they urged everyone to think about football and focus on the seven games that remained on the schedule during the time away from the Berea training facility.

Second-year Browns wide receiver Greg Little took that message to heart.

When the Browns returned from their annual bye week this past Monday, Shurmur addressed the team before the players began practice for the day. In addition to Shurmur, Little also talked to the entire team.

Little wanted to speak with the players in order to deliver a clear message about what he felt was necessary to do for the team to be successful over the final seven weeks of the season.

“The overall message was just find one thing that you can sacrifice that can help us win,” Little said. “Just sacrifice that one thing that will give back more to our devotion to the team just so we can start to get this thing on a roll.

“I’ve gotten up and spoken in front of my team in high school and my team in college. This time, it presented itself where I felt like it was needed.”

During the first nine games of the season, the Browns turned the ball over 15 times and committed 58 penalties for 528 lost yards. They also allowed 14 sacks of quarterback Brandon Weeden, which cost them 83 total yards.

When Little spoke with his teammates and coaches, he told them that they had to eliminate “any self-inflicted wounds.”

“We can’t turn the ball over; we can’t have penalties when we get down into the red zone,” Little said. “Any time we have a chance to make a play, we have to make it.”

Little called Shurmur during the bye week break to ask for the time in which to address the team.

“I thought his comments were very insightful and I was glad that he did it,” Shurmur said. “I’ve always appreciated Greg because he’s a competitor, a tough guy. Just like all players, there’s times where you don’t play perfect, or you play less than perfect, but he’s fun to work with because he listens.”

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